Game of the Year Awards 2011 - The Winners

Game of the Year Awards 2011 - The Winners

Written Saturday, December 31, 2011 By Dan Webb
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As we all prepare for an evening on the suds to ring in the New Year - or if you’re not old enough, an evening on the alcopops - why not take a moment, or indeed several moments and join us as we celebrate this year’s best of the best.

2011 was a pretty stellar year on the whole and the fact that some incredible games don’t even get a look in or a mention in our Game of the Year awards this year is a testament to the strong showing across the board. But that’s life, right? This is an awards ceremony for the crème de la crème, so without further ado… who really were the winners this year?

It was a year of interesting premises and for the most part, most games delivered more than they failed, which is especially true of our nominees for this category.

Doing enough to grab a runners-up spot this year in the Best Premise category is none other than Rocksteady’s frankly brilliant follow-up to the classic Arkham Asylum. When the British developer came out and announced that Batman: Arkham City would be an open-world Batman where the caped crusader would start with all of his tools and be able to fully explore a feature rich environment, we were in awe. The fact that they delivered upon their promise and gave us not only one of the year’s best premises, but also one of the years best games, was nothing but a bonus.

Sharing a spot with Rocksteady’s Arkham City is Eidos Montreal’s reboot of reboots for Deus Ex. Human Revolution promised to give us choice and a unique, richly detailed environment as well as the power of augmented technology at our fingertips. That right there is a juicy premise if ever there was one. Being able to turn the game’s protagonist Adam Jensen into the kind of weapon that you want him to be is something that the developers not only promised, but delivered on wholly. “Play it stealthily” or “play it aggressively,” they said… and we did just that. A premise of such rich choice in terms of gameplay and story impetus was a mouthwatering prospect and fortunately for us, they were right on the money.

As far as original and interesting premises go in 2011, none really come close to matching LA Noire’s ambition and resilience. Being thrust into an authentic 1940s Los Angeles and becoming a detective in a noir thriller wasn’t enough for Rockstar and Team Bondi, so adding in the ability to read people’s reactions and question them based on evidence you’ve gathered in the field… well, that’s truly next-gen stuff and is a true glimpse into the future of video games. Luckily for us as well, for the most part, LA Noire delivered that experience and although the controls may have been a tad on the clunky side at times, the detective aspect, specifically the facial mocap, was unrivalled and the premise was all but delivered upon, meaning we were ultimately the winners.

In recent years, the best story category has always managed to boast an outstanding yarn that really captured our hearts and imagination, but 2011 was a little different in that respect. It was a year where story-telling actually took more of a backseat to gameplay and was used to complement, rather than dominate… whether that’s a good thing, we’ll find out in due course.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s tale was not only an interesting glimpse into the future and how technology could play a part in our lives, but buried deep beneath its pretty cyberpunk exterior was a pressing social question that will one day no doubt need to be answered: is it okay to manipulate human revolution or should it happen naturally? It’s full of conspiracies galore, more twists and turns than the mountain roads in the Swiss Alps and is complemented by a great score and the rough, gravelly tones of Adam Jensen himself. It’s thought-provoking, compelling and hugely topical, although didn’t quite do enough to take home the gold!

Up there sharing the runners-up spot with Human Revolution is Visceral Games’ brilliant Dead Space 2. Coming out in January, but not forgotten, Dead Space 2 told the story of Isaac Clarke aboard the Sprawl, but rather than rehabilitate after the traumatic events of the first game, our intrepid adventurer has to go through it all over again. This time with a voice, and more inner demons than Courtney Love, Dead Space 2 is just one big ol’ grief metaphor for everything that Isaac’s going through. Sure, the ending may have left us with a sour taste in our mouths - mainly down to that end boss and the pre-amble towards it - but the journey and the story along the way was engaging and one hell of a ride.

Not many games came close to rivalling Portal 2’s story, humour and delivery in 2011 and as a result, it’s a worthy winner of this year’s Best Story category. Whilst not overly complex, it was the script and performances from the likes of Stephen Merchant and co. that all brought it together to be the year’s best story. With superb delivery, cunning comedy and never a dull moment, there really couldn’t be another winner. If there’s one developer in this industry that can pull off humour with sublime, deft ease, it’s got to be Valve. We’d even go as far as to say that Portal 2 is not only one of the funniest scripts for quite some time, but it could be the funniest gaming script ever. It’s a story – in both single-player and co-op – that can’t and shouldn’t be missed by anyone with a pulse!

If there was one thing that 2011 brought us it was a lot of multiplayer pew-pew-pewing, and the final three certainly reflects that.

If there’s one thing that Epic Games is good at, it’s improving upon its already successful formulae and Gears of War 3 most definitely proved that. It wasn’t enough to flesh out their standard shotgun/Lancer combos by offering more choice for players, but with new weapons, some well-crafted maps and some more of that tried-and-tested multiplayer formula, you knew Epic was on to a winner. The inclusion of Team Deathmatch and the streamlining of other modes meant that Gears fans had more than they could possibly ever want to sink their teeth into when they head online for some versus action. It’s truly ‘epic’ stuff, but alas, only good enough to grab a runners-up spot.

Sitting just underneath our elusive winner this year is Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3. Whilst many will argue it’s more of the same, it’s clear that Infinity Ward knows what they need to do to spruce up their tried-and-tested online multiplayer template and they have a knack for listening to fan feedback and reacting… for the most part. The new Kill Confirmed mode, weapon unlocks, tweaks to the streak system and packages, and the removal of aspects that fans screamed bloody murder over when Modern Warfare 2 was around, all combine to create an impressive online package. But still, only good enough for runner-up.

The resounding winner in the multiplayer category this year was DICE and EA’s Battlefield 3, which delivered one of the greatest multiplayer arenas in recent times. With jets, more macro-destruction, some crazy and outlandish maps, more vehicles than you can shake an M16 at, and some nifty class refinement, Battlefield 3 is an undisputed winner this year. It’s not just these new additions that make Battlefield 3 so special though. It’s the game's innate ability to create some of the most memorable online warfare moments around, meaning nothing comes close to matching its gameplay. Whether you’re talking all-out vehicle-warfare or more infantry-based class battles in its Rush and Conquest modes, it never fails to live up to the high bar that DICE themselves keep on setting. Truly a magnificent multiplayer arena and something for other games to try and match, which is no easy feat on its own.

2011 saw a new bar set for what we expect from our triple-A titles from a visual standpoint – and rightly so – but in terms of leaps… this year we took a genuinely huge leap forwards.

This year saw id Software’s newest first-person shooter IP hit the shelves in the form of Rage, and while the gun combat of the new id Tech 5 engine was as solid as any other engine around, its lack of set-pieces and its vehicular sections really let the side down. Out of everything that Rage accomplished though, it was the graphical prowess of id Software’s new engine that stood out amongst everything and had us reaching for the bucket to catch our trickling saliva. Whether you’re talking about the animations of the enemies, the textures, the overall graphical fidelity, the draw distance, the character models, whatever, everything that the id Tech 5 does just proves that there’s still some life in the ol’ beast yet. Consequently, id looks like one of a handful of developers that can squeeze more life out of the Xbox 360 in this generation.

With Crysis 2, Crytek's first console outing has proved that they are just as talented as any console developer out there, and by getting Crysis 2 and the CryEngine 2.0 to run flawlessly on the Xbox 360, they too have proved that there’s still life in the ol’ boy. Unlike Rage though, Crysis 2 swaps out bright environments for a much more realistic setting - that of New York - but watching Crytek destroy it around you has been one of the most memorable experiences this year. Whether you’re traipsing through Grand Central station as a Pinger destroys the place or venturing across the FDR as the whole thing collapses beneath you, well, there really is no experience quite like it this year. The destruction on show, the lighting, the ambience, the textures, the stable frame-rate, everything is so polished from a visuals perspective that you can see your reflection in it! Yes, even on Prophet’s bald, shiny head… no, not that one!

Was there really going to be another winner this year? No. Turn 10’s stunning Forza 4 title was easily the best-looking console game this generation, hands-down. I mean, I know I joked about seeing your reflection in Prophet’s shiny head above, but in Forza 4 you could genuinely see the reflection of the world around you on the cars' lustrous bodies. It was that detailed that you could get up to six inches away and it’d still be remarkably detailed. The ‘image-based lighting’ techniques used by Turn 10 were lifted straight from Hollywood and allowed Turn 10 to use the lighting in the environment to light the car, making it feel more seated and rooted in the world. That’s the fancy way of describing it, but the truth is that Forza 4 delivered many of those “is that real or a game?” moments and it’s as close to super-ultra realism as we’ve come yet. Forza 4's cars are the sexiest looking pieces of metal available on a console, and that’s an irrefutable fact.

Music makes the world go round and although 2011 saw many recycled soundtracks, there were still some stunning scores to delight the ears.

The cyberpunk inspired score of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a soundtrack to savour this year and is definitely more than worthy of a place on the runners-up podium. Michael McCann’s moody score is the perfect accompaniment to the game’s gritty and futuristic world, and whether you’re sneaking through warehouse complexes or waging full-scale war against anyone that will get in your way, there’s a well-written and composed musical score to match it. It’s a little different to what we expect from our RPGs these days, but as far as Deus Ex soundtracks go, it’s a perfect fit.

LA Noire brought something a little different to the table this year, and that was an authentic sounding, jazzy 1940s noir style soundtrack. I mean, seriously authentic… go and watch a noir film of a similar era and bang, they got this one right on the money. Whether you’re racing across Los Angeles to answer a call or sniffing around someone’s apartment looking for the next clue to crack the big case, the score complements that perfectly and it’s just like being in your very own movie. Rockstar and Team Bondi’s research and dedication to creating a true noir experience paid off here and LA Noire is an immensely worthy runner-up this year.

Aside from Battlefield 3’s constipated transformer reverb sound, the only other piece of game music that stuck in our heads this year was the mighty gorgeous Skyrim theme tune. That’s just the beginning of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s stunning soundtrack though, and whether you’re crawling through caves, cavorting in cities or wandering the vast environs of Skyrim, there will always be an epic, soaring score to go along with it. From orchestral roars to soft, bone-chilling harmonies, Jeremy Soule – who’s no stranger when it comes to game scores – truly excelled himself with Skyrim and penned a score that will never get old… even after 150 hours. That’s a tried and tested scientific study as well, in case you’re interested.

Who said innovation was dead? This year’s podium is made up of the year’s finest new franchises and they all made an impact this year.

Team Bondi and Rockstar’s LA Noire is a case of ‘close but no cigar’ in the running for the Best New Franchise award this year, but it was one hell of a close finish. In any other year LA Noire’s frankly astounding facial mocap and its unique and interesting premise would have been more than enough. Team Bondi did recreate an impressive 1940s Los Angeles, accompanied by an authentic soundtrack, and brought some unique and engaging gameplay elements to the table. However, this year it just wasn’t meant to be, so instead it comes in a more than respectable runners-up spot.

It’s not the first time that id Software’s new first-person shooter is getting a nod in this year’s awards and rightly so. While it maybe didn’t capture our imaginations as much as we'd have liked - mainly down to some awkward design choices like the inclusion of buggies, the lack of set-pieces and repetition of action - id with their new game world demonstrated that they had the makings of a killer engine. The gunplay was right on the money, the enemy animations were superb, there were a ton of crazy gadgets and the whole thing looked bloody incredible, making Rage easily one of the year’s best – and indeed, most promising – franchises.

Epic and People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm takes home the award this year for Best New Franchise simply because not only did the team deliver an excellent first-person shooter, but in a genre oversaturated with copy-and-paste military shooters, they actually managed to innovate. Bulletstorm’s huge amount of zany weapons, its leash and its boot, all combined with its “Skillshot” system, allowed gamers to - as PCF and Epic so bluntly put it - “kill with skill.” It wasn’t a one-trick pony though, and through its witty dialogue, over-the-top scenarios and vivid visuals, it meant that from start-to-finish, Bulletstorm was one hell of an enjoyable romp. So in a year of some great new franchises, Bulletstorm is a worthy winner… here’s hoping we get a sequel. It definitely deserves one, even if it didn’t sell nearly as well as it should have.

The Xbox Live Arcade in 2011 proved that there’s plenty of innovation and fun to be found outside the confines of a game disc.

It would have been easy for us this year to sit here and slap a bunch of HD remakes in this section and declare them the winners, but we opted not to. Well, except one, but the fact still remains that despite our reasoning, we just had to award Torchlight a runners-up spot and that was for a host of reasons. Torchlight, originally a PC title, proved that not only could a Diablo-style dungeon-crawler run on consoles rather easily and comfortably, but it also brought with it an undeniable value-for-money and a unique look and feel that we felt that we had to reward. The fact that most console-only gamers would have missed it first time around as well helped, and Torchlight meant that this was their chance to get knee deep in a dungeon-crawler created by some of the original Diablo guys. More please!

Sitting just below our winner and worthy of a place next to Torchlight was none other than Double Fine’s hugely unique title: Stacking. 2011 was a year of change for Double Fine and after failing to set retail alight with Brutal Legend, we suspect that it finally pushed them over the edge – especially after their disappointment with the lack of sales many years ago for the sublime Psychonauts – and so the developer decided to go digital. It’s a move that we suspect paid off greatly for Tim Schafer and co. because it not only allowed them to get more creative, but more risks can be taken with a smaller XBLA project without it potentially ruining a company. One of those risks was Stacking – Lee Petty’s brainchild – a game based around the Russian matryoshka stacking dolls which involved puzzle elements, fiendish strategy and had one hell of a humorous story to boot. We guess that risk paid off then. Congrats Double Fine! Grab yourself a place on the podium.

Was there really going to be another winner this year? Simply put, no. Bastion was this year’s king of kings in terms of Xbox Live Arcade games and anybody who says otherwise is wrong… you know, because opinions can be wrong… what’s that? They can’t? Oh. Well, Supergiant Games and Warner Bros’ action-RPG is a delightful little title that boasts a breathtaking art-style, a superb soundtrack and a rather amusing reactive narrator – imagine having someone following you through life commenting on everything you do… it’s an epic way to deliver emotions, instructions and even story. Beneath the surface of this combat-heavy title is a complex web of intricacy, as you’ll always find something else when you dig a little deeper, whether it’s cool new weapons, upgrades, idols or even challenges and modes to complete or unlock. Dear Billy, there’s a new ‘Kid’ in town and he’s won an award, unlike you!

Innovation – as we've already said several times already – is clearly alive and well. This year’s podium proves why!

When Ubisoft Reflections first announced Driver: San Francisco’s “Shift” mechanic, you could hear the sound of echoing laughter and mockery that floated around the X360A Towers from miles around. Cries of, “what the bloody hell are they smoking!?” filled the airwaves and laughter soon turned to bewilderment. Okay, so we were wrong… it worked and although shifting mechanics aren’t necessarily new, what it brought to the table here was. In single-player this mechanic offered a new way to deliver missions, while in multiplayer it opened up a whole new can of worms – in a good way. Jumping from car to car meant Reflections had to innovate with game modes and that they did, with the ability to shift from car to car unlocking the opportunity for more chaos and a feeling that you were never out the game. This is something that made Driver: San Francisco feel fresh and innovative, which is a rare but powerful thing these days.

Joining Driver on the runners-up podium is none other than the aforementioned Skillshot system from People Can Fly’s newest IP, Bulletstorm. A system that actually made headshots boring and boy, did they like to point that out in their pre-release promotional campaign. It was a system that promoted creativity, spiced up a fairly stale genre and set the internet alight with competitions to set the highest score. Never have we seen a group of gamers respond so competitively and passionately to a demo in a bid to set a high score and one-up their mates. It wasn’t just about getting points for stylish kills though, it was about combos, the amusing names that they dished out for every unique kill and the weapons. All of which combined to dish out one big dollop of awesome, like a boot to the face.

The one innovative gameplay feature this year that truly gave us a glimpse into the future of gaming is, of course, LA Noire’s MotionScan facial capture. This groundbreaking facial mocap on its own is impressive enough, but actually delivering a gameplay mechanic on top of it, that has you reading natural and subtle reactions to your questioning, well, that’s just out of this world. Best of all, LA Noire's MotionScan tech worked remarkably well too, with every line of dialogue facially captured in full, so when you interviewed or interrogated other people throughout the game you could always tell whether they were lying or not. Assuming you were an expert in human psychology and reactions, of course. A subtle glance away, an unprovoked physical reaction or an uncomfortable squirm; you’ve always got to be on the lookout if you want to be the world’s finest detective, something that this incredible mechanic allowed you to essentially become. It’s immersion at its finest!

Boo! We may have had no hope for these originally, but boy, did they shock us!

As you’re probably already aware, we weren’t hugely psyched for Driver: San Francisco’s “Shift” mechanic when it was initially announced, yet it still surprised us. Driver: San Francisco isn’t a one-trick pony though, oh no. Ubisoft Reflections managed to resurrect a franchise that was all but dead to us after Driv3r. For one, they didn’t try anything fancy with the name, like Driv4r. For two, they chose a compelling and famous car chase city like San Francisco. Three, they delivered a robust handling model, and while the story – especially the ending – was a little barmy, it was an all round great game. Yes, that shocked us… in a good way!

Joining Driver: San Francisco on the runners-up podium is Twisted Pixel’s The Gunstringer. Now, it wasn’t that we doubted Twisted Pixel’s ability to make a great game... after all, they pretty much always deliver a great game, but going from the Xbox Live Arcade to retail is a gargantuan step. Honestly, we didn’t think they’d be able to deliver a title that met the expectations of a customer paying full whack for a retail title. Sure, it might have only been a budget title and sure, it might have come with Fruit Ninja Kinect, but The Gunstringer on its own legs provided an enjoyable romp from beginning to end, as well as great implementation of Kinect, meaning that it most definitely warranted its status as a retail release. Which is something we never thought we’d actually be able to sit here and say. Kudos!

While we actually expected the winner of this year’s Surprise of the Year category to deliver a great experience, we never thought it would deliver to the level that it finally did. Of course, we’re talking about Rayman Origins, but considering the mess that surrounded it pre-launch about it being an episodic downloadable title and then a retail game, for it to release and be one of the best platformers in recent years, maybe even on the Xbox 360 full stop, well, that was a huge shock to us. With some great co-op play, beautiful visuals, stunning and imaginative set-pieces and tons of value, Rayman Origins shocked the hell out of us by not only proving it was most definitely a retail title, but also that it was a superb platformer as well… something that’s been severely lacking on this generation of HD consoles – yes, the Wii doesn’t count. Here’s hoping that it starts to shift a few more units though… it truly deserves to, plus, it’ll help fund Beyond Good & Evil 2, which is nothing but a good thing.

We had high hopes for these titles in 2011, but unfortunately, they didn’t really meet our expectations. Booooooo!

Oh EA, how the mighty have fallen… and by that I mean once mighty, milked to death, resurrected with a superb effort and then destroyed once again. Yes, we’re talking Need For Speed and after EA shipped the impressive Hot Pursuit in 2010, and removed the Need For Speed moniker from Shift, we thought that EA had finally seen the light that we’d all seen 5 years ago. Oh, of course not, it was for all intents and purposes, a complete fluke. Enter 2011 and say hello to Need For Speed: The Run, a game where every tenement that Need For Speed’s successful formula was based upon was plucked out and instead, Black Box tried to deliver a “story.” Throw in some horribly scripted moments, rubber-banded AI and no replayability whatsoever, and what you have is a horribly mediocre game. Shame.

While Red Faction: Armageddon was actually a great game, there was just something about it that felt like it was a step back from Guerrilla. We had high hopes that the Volition crew could expand upon the great Red Faction: Guerrilla to deliver an experience as close to the 90% mark as humanly possible, but by making it a tad more survival horror and throwing players underground into a cave… well, it felt a touch more claustrophobic. The freedom from Guerrilla was still there but it was a shadow of its former self, which is a shame because Armageddon delivered more great weapons and some solid gameplay. Dear Volition, don’t try to change the formula too much next time and stick to what you know works.

The problem for innovation and originality a lot of the time is success. We’re not saying that success doesn’t follow innovation because sometimes it can, but more often than not, chasing after someone else’s success stifles creativity and innovation and causes an industry of copycats. Take Call of Duty for example… Techland obviously looked at Activision’s success and thought, “You know what… you know our original Call of Juarez franchise that we were just starting to make waves with? Let’s sack off the Wild West as it’s too niche and try a modern day shooter and leach off COD’s success…” That’s bad enough as it is, but then to deliver a broken, uninspired, almost insipid, shooter that isn’t worth its weight in cow dung, you have to wonder where it went wrong. Dear Techland, Red Dead Redemption was set in the Wild West and that sold a boat load, how about you stick with subject matter that you were just starting to get to grips with, rather than be another bloody clone. If you get the franchise back on track we’ll ignore The Cartel like the Baldwin brothers and the rest of Hollywood ignores Daniel Baldwin. Deal?

It’s not just about developing great games for our Best Developer category, it’s about support, efficiency and much more… Oh, and the great games.

Rocksteady had a mammoth task in creating Arkham City, and that was mainly because they did such a stellar job with Arkham Asylum. What makes it so hard to create a sequel, you ask? Well, it’s not that, but one of Arkham Asylum’s strengths was its linearity; how it managed to push you in the direction of the story and always kept you moving towards the right path. With Arkham City they opened up a whole world, but the issue was delivering that world without it being soulless, too empty and just an excuse to deliver a bigger playground when it wasn’t necessarily needed. Well, they managed it and in Arkham City Rocksteady somehow delivered a sequel that was vastly superior to its predecessor in more ways than one. Something that should be praised, so a runners-up spot it is!

Next up is Valve, the industry’s king of comedy, with their follow-up to the cult classic Portal. Like Rocksteady they had a mammoth task: to create a sequel that took the pillars of the downloadable Portal and made it into a retail game. That’s not so tough, right? No, but to do so whilst keeping the experience from getting too repetitive, too arduous or unnecessarily complex, that’s the real challenge and thankfully for us, Valve hit a home run. Throw in a fantastic – and funny – script, the superb casting and performance of Stephen Merchant, an impressive co-op mode and even some free DLC, and that’s why Valve deserves a runner-up spot.

I think if you ask anyone from Epic Games this year they’ll probably agree with us. 2011 was Epic Games’ best year in the video games industry. Not only did they ship the greatest Gears of War game they’ve ever created to date, but they also assisted in the development of Bulletstorm with People Can Fly – with whom they own a majority share. So that’s two 90% and above games in one year… out of two. Now that’s an impressive stat. They even managed to ship Infinity Blade on the iOS in 2011 as well, which although we didn’t really take into account for this award this year, it’s still worth a mention – a game that was met with rave reviews as well. Throw in DLC for both titles and some impressive support in Gears of War 3 for their calendar events thus far, and you have a studio that is a resounding winner in this category this year.

It’s not just about the stable of games, it’s about consistency too, and 2011 had a little from column A and a lot from column B.

2011 was a fine year for Bethesda if you look at everything they’ve accomplished… not only did they ship the brilliant The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but it was a year that was backed up with the noble efforts of id Software and their new IP: Rage. Throw in Splash Damage’s Brink - which was great in multiplayer, not-so-much everywhere else - as well as Hunted: The Demon’s Forge - which wasn’t that bad, although it was hardly inspiring - and 2011 was a year where Bethesda started to show signs of real growth. If they continue on at this rate from here on out, it won’t be long before they’re up there with Activision, Ubisoft and EA as the biggest third-party publishers in the games industry.

Anybody who says that Microsoft is losing sight of what core gamers want only needs to look at the titles they shipped in 2011. Sure, they might not ship an incredible amount of titles, but what they do release has an undeniable quality. Two of the year’s biggest titles actually came courtesy of Microsoft actually, and with Forza 4 cementing Turn 10’s place at the top of the simulation racing genre and Epic’s Gears of War 3 being one of the best shooters around, Microsoft’s obviously going for quality over quantity. Then there’s Halo: Anniversary as well, which was 343 Industries’ first time at the helm of the Halo franchise and they certainly did an admirable job of resurrecting a 10 year old game for today’s market. There was even something for core gamers on Kinect thanks to Twisted Pixel’s The Gunstringer. With more Halo in 2012 as well, who says Microsoft’s lost their way, huh?

Aside from a few foul balls like Need For Speed: The Run, EA had an excellent year. 2011 was not only a year where their EA Partners program came into its element, but it was also a year that saw some of their first-party titles truly grabbing the bull by the horns and kicking it square in the nuts. As always, they had something for everyone too. Their Partners program saw them publish such superb titles like Bulletstorm, Crysis 2 and Portal 2, with Alice: Madness Returns delivering a great experience and Shadows of the Damned showing some potential. From a first-party perspective they led the way with Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age 2, with FIFA 12, Shift 2: Unleashed and Fight Night Champion not far behind. That’s right folks, gone are the days where EA lacked innovation and were a money-hungry corporate machine… Sure, EA is obviously still a business at heart, but that is one hell of a portfolio it let loose in 2011.

2011 not only gave us some of the best games this generation, but it gave us some of the best games ever. That said, there can only be one winner…

Sitting on the runners-up podium and just missing out on the top spot is Rocksteady’s hugely impressive Batman: Arkham City, proving that the games industry is nothing like the film industry… you know, in that the second film in a trilogy doesn’t have to be worse than the first *cough* The Matrix *cough*. Arkham City gave players the ability to explore a huge open environment, face off with many more of the franchise’s favourite foes, uncover the city’s secrets, get involved in some pretty engaging side-missions, hunt down more of those Riddler clues to solve the Riddler’s Challenge Rooms, and more. It’s bigger and much more expansive in every single way than its predecessor, which was inarguably brilliant in its own right. Batman: Arkham City is the perfect example of how sequels should be made.

In another year Epic Games’ Gears of War 3 would have undoubtedly taken home the ultimate X360A prize, especially seeing as it scored 97% on our Richter scale, but sadly for the Raleigh-based developer, it wasn’t meant to be. That doesn’t take anything away from their stellar sequel and end of the trilogy though. With a campaign that was expertly delivered with plenty of emotion and explosive moments, a revamped Horde mode, the newly created Beast mode where players took control of the Locust and a refined multiplayer mode, it was a truly explosive conclusion to a trilogy that Microsoft will be sad to see the back of. Of course, the franchise isn’t going to be killed off anytime soon, but it’ll be up to Epic now to go back to the drawing board and see what else they can bring to the Gears universe. At least this trilogy went out with a nuclear-sized bang.

Bethesda Games Studios this year not only released the best console game this generation but if we’re being perfectly honest – and quite bold – it’s probably one of the best games… ever! The Elder Scrolls V, or Skyrim to its friends, was a game so big that before we felt comfortable writing the review, we had to plough in over 115 hours! With one of the most incredible game worlds ever conceived, more than a handful of truly engaging questlines, a sublime score, stunning visuals, tons of dragons to despatch back to the gates of hell, a ridiculous amount of content and an astounding amount of depth – especially in the meta-games – it’s hard to dispute that Skyrim is one of the best games ever created. Its undeniable charm and its immersive and expansive world meant that it got near perfect marks here on X360A, fetching an impressive 99%, and we don’t give away such high praise that easily. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is quite easily our Game of the Year for 2011 and if you’ve not yet picked it up, quit your lollygagging! If you have, well done. You have sublime taste, squire.

That’s about all we have from this year’s awards show, but stay tuned to X360A over the next few days and weeks as we reflect on 2011 as a whole, look forward to 2012 and of course, dazzle you with our video editing skills as we bring you our 20 most anticipated titles of 2012. In the words of Aerosmith, you don’t want to miss a thing!


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Comment #1 by Waggie2K10
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:13:26 AM
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its nice too see La Noire grabbing some of the wins, kinda disappointed Driver-San Francisco didn't win anything, thought the game had alot of potential, otherwise than that, great picks, totally agree with Call of Juarez-The Cartel, as Bound In Blood was a really good game, enjoyed it alot, but The Cartel really did let the franchise down.

Happy New Year everybody, hope the 2012 is by far the best year for gaming.

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Comment #2 by InspiREalitY
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:23:05 AM
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I'm happy to see Bastion win Best Arcade, that game is just absolutely amazing.
Also great job to Battlefield for winning Best Multiplayer.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Comment #3 by LickableLemons7
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:35:08 AM
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Come now, come now...some movie sequels were better than the original...the Godfather part II? Maybe that's a little arguable. How 'bout The Dark Knight? Aliens? Or The Empire Strikes Back?!

Nice to see I agree with most of the victors, except for best developer. I was personally hoping to see either Valve or Rocksteady win instead of Epic. Ah well.

Here's to 2012! Looking forward to Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3, Halo 4, and Bioshock Infinite(still no word on an official release date for Infinite?).
And in terms Of movies...The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the Dark knight Rises, (potentially some hope for) The Great Gatsby, and of course, PROMETHEUS!

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Comment #4 by SS07WHU
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:38:45 AM
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cant agree more really. Nice to see Driver: SF a mention

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Comment #5 by Caramel Cardinal
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:52:44 AM
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would personally have had duke nukem as the biggest dissapointment but other than that tis all good

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Comment #6 by Evo Kazz
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:54:32 AM
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Don't agree with half of this predictable list, No Saints Row, No Batman, No Assassins Creed, No Sonic Generations. And Bulletstorm beating Rage and Noire? The articale clearly says it never sold as well as it should, reason being its shit, and Noire and Rage went out like hot cakes so why is it even there? Batman wiped the floor with half of those titles.

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Comment #7 by Waggie2K10
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:56:49 AM
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#5 i agree, Duke Nukem should have been a runner up instead of NFS-The Run, i thought NFS-TR was actually pretty good, the story had alot of potential, shame Black Box didn't show that, anyway, here is to next year!

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Comment #8 by Sooty Mike
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 08:58:32 AM
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@3: The first movie in the hobbit series (or mvoies) is The Hobbit: An unexpected journey.

Glad that Bulletstorm won something, it was a really good game, that i still like playing. i do agree with all the other awards, and im very glad Battlefeild won multiplayer of the year, ahead of MW3 (which i still havent played)

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Comment #9 by Master Charlton
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 09:00:43 AM
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@6 You don't have to agree with it, that's their opinion, and so they chose the games they chose. Why dont you show a little respect?

OT : I agree mostly with the list, thrilled that Skyrim got Game of the Year. Happy New Year everyone, and let's look forward to some more fantastic games next year!

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Comment #10 by ClassicZach
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 09:05:22 AM
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Saints row 3 should be GOTY :(

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Comment #11 by DecadentBeaver
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 09:35:59 AM
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Glad to see LA Noire, Rayman, Skyrim, Deus Ex performing well. I have recently bought them all, and love them.

Shocked about Red Faction Armageddon, I really enjoyed this game enough to play it twice.

But my fave games out of these is possibly Deus Ex and then Skyrim. Although Rayman is awesome too! Back to how platformers were when I was a lad.

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Comment #12 by ash356
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:14:42 AM
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Glad to see LA Noire perform well - I only finished that a few days ago, and loved every minute :D
Agree with all but Best Developer. I can't big up EPIC after the rubbish they did holding back content and making the majority of the on-disc weapon skins pay-only. Gears was a damn fine game, but it could have been so much better if they were progressive ranking unlocks.
Best publisher is arguable, but they did publish DS2 and BF3... even if they continue to push the Online pass.
Surprised the Duke didn't get biggest disappointment, but oh well.

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Comment #13 by ImAKing1987
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:15:42 AM
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Wheres some Dead Island love? :(

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Comment #14 by MoldyClay87
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:36:22 AM
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I don't know what to make of this list.

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Comment #15 by xTBHxREVAN
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:42:43 AM
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Good points for all the winners and runners up, i was really glad to see arkham city featured so strongly, rocksteady really outdid themselves with that one.

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Comment #16 by MIKE11.6
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:44:14 AM
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Finally a website who appreciates Deus Ex.

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Comment #17 by mjc0961
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 11:10:11 AM
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I was on board until the very end. EA as best publisher? EA?! Constant online passes, getting banned from all your EA games by posting on their forum, screwing customers out of promised content... EA is worst publisher, hands down. I don't care how many games they put out (giving them credit for Portal 2 is a complete laugh by the way; all they did was put it on consoles. it's Valve's game and only Valve should get credit for it. if EA hadn't done it, someone else would have happily done so), their other business tactics easily make them the WORST publisher out there today.

And Skyrim for game of the year? A game with that many horrendous technical problems should be biggest disappointment. Yeah, it's a disappointment that they're still shipping games that break after too much playing. They should have learned and fixed it by now; Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas being time bombs was already two games too many. But a third?! I find that to be a disgrace.

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Comment #18 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 11:14:41 AM
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well done fellas. I agree with everything. Love how Skyrim won GOTY.

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Comment #19 by HugTheBear
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 11:15:37 AM
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Agreed with most. Disagree with you guys on BF3 being Best Multiplayer, thought GoW3 deserved that. Bethesda should have gotten Best Publisher over EA. I also think Rage should have beaten Bulletstorm for Best New Franchise. Bulletstorm was good, but hearing "fuck" and "balls" every 5 seconds gets annoying after a while.

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Comment #20 by High Lord Sigma
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:00:31 PM
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@#6 & #19: To quote another member a while back on this site, "Quichobichin."

Anyway, I can't say I'm surprised about anything on this list. Even with Duke Nukem Forever not even appearing on the Biggest Disappointment podium, I don't think many people were expecting it to be that great after such a long time in development hell.

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Comment #21 by ash356
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:02:07 PM
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Can you please enlighten me as to how you can judge a games 'horrendous technical problems,' without having that game appear on your gamer profile?
Considering the amount of people who adore Skyrim - even some of my friends who absolutely HATED Oblivion - it's quite an achievement they can achieve this when, according to you, the game sounds practically unplayable.

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Comment #22 by High Lord Sigma
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:02:16 PM
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Crap, I meant to say #17. My apologies to HugTheBear. This site really needs an edit comment feature. Pretty please, Webb et al?

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Comment #23 by big daddy dr3y
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:15:47 PM
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Im suprised From Dust wasnt even mentioned in Best Arcade Game

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Comment #24 by EcT Felix
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:23:43 PM
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Comment #25 by ginge88isfun
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:36:50 PM
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The fact EA won best publisher is a joke in itself, that award should of been solely for Bethesda, I agree with everything else albeit i've never played most of them games that have won awards this year.

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Comment #26 by ruisleipa
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 12:57:27 PM
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Interesting list, am glad to see Bulletstorm come away with a few awards. but how you can have Skyrim as GOTY is unbelieveable. In know this is an Xbox site but still, this game contains so many bugs that make it occasionally impossible to play, no matter how good the graphics or story, if you can't play it to its full value, it ain't worth shit. Frankly it was a disgrace to ship in that condition, and the fact this site and others keep giving it GOTY and good write-ups even AFTER we all know about the fuck-ups is also nothing short of disgraceful.

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Comment #27 by Afro Ninja
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 01:05:55 PM
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Nice to see Skyrim won. Gears of War 3 should replace Rage for best graphics.

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Comment #28 by shavron
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 01:23:20 PM
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@5 the problem with Duke was there where very little expectations remaining for most people. Games aren't in development that long with out there being issues. Low expectations normally don't end up with big disappointment.

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Comment #29 by vrmGASedUPsss69xxVdV436
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 02:17:13 PM
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the fact that batman didn't win goty is bogus.
bethesda should not even be a runner up, they made brink and only one good game, Skyrim and EA, really?
how is nfs-tr a disappointment?
the doozy is skyrim won original score, how is it original, it's the fifth game in the series and it's the same (not goty worhty)

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Comment #30 by Schism
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 02:59:34 PM
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Great list, although I still believe Bulletstorm was the WORST game I played all year. I still don't understand what people saw in that game, but thats just my opinion. Good to see skyrim win GOTY, despite all its bullshit glitches its an amazing game.

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Comment #31 by Kroesis
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 03:07:38 PM
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Skyrim was almost a dead cert for goty, wasn't my choice though, I'd have gone with Deus Ex or Batman but it's a worthy winner despite the occasional reported random issues which would inevitably crop up in a world of that magnitude and complexity (not encountered any myself) and the error with the patch.

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Comment #32 by s1c1m
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 03:32:10 PM
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@29 wow someone really hates skyrim...the game itself is something most gamers are no used too...its different even though its in a series...when the elder scroll series come out its always an epic arrival

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Comment #33 by Mr Matty
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:12:04 PM
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Ea rofl .
What a joke that cat is!
The makers of the online pass and over priced game content.

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Comment #34 by Tomafork XD FTW
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:16:07 PM
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so sick of people talking up EA and EPIC, LONG LIVE VALVE!!!

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Comment #35 by BBowles
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:17:24 PM
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While I wouldn't argue about all the technical trouble with Skyrim, it is still easily the GotY in my eyes. And I had to STOP playing it for nearly 2-3 weeks because the first patch nearly ruined my character build lol. Even so, it is still EASILY the best game I've played this year. The only game I have put more time into is Gears 3, and that's just because Seriously is a bitch lol.

Also, you forgot to mention that Oblvion was bug riddled as well. So that's 4 games in a row :P But seriously, how many other games give you that much freedom to do whatever you want, with that many things to do. There is absolutely NO way to test every possible outcome unless you spent 20 years testing the game. Even then, you'd have to force players to do certain things in a certain order. It just can't be prevented. It's not like Gears or CoD where you're on a rail with a character that evolves in no way >_>

Anyways, decent list. I have a few disagreements. Rage as best new franchise? More like "Game that could have been so much more", but I still enjoyed it.

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Comment #36 by TaintedAmbition
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:22:03 PM
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Given I watched Scream 2 last night I just had to throw in Empire Strikes Back doesn't count as a sequel because it was a planned Trilogy lol

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Comment #37 by BBowles
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 04:26:41 PM
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Also, for all the online pass hate, you people have no one to blame but yourselves. I fully support the idea. If you want to be cheap and give ZERO support to a developer while making Gamestop (and other such stores) rich off of products they didn't create, I see no problem with the developer getting at least a little of the action. You can thank Blockbuster/Gamefly for the online passes, and each and every one of you who uses their services.

With more and more people signing up for these services, it actually DOES affect the companies financial situation. Sure, EA may only be rich instead of uber rich, but they are still entitled to their cut of their product. And this is coming from someone who HATES EA. I just don't have an issue with the online pass, as it makes perfect sense. Want to rent a brand new game, giving $0 to the creators and experiencing the same thing as people who paid $60? Wrong.

And if you argue that you "want to test a game out first", most games give you a trial pass online. So that argument is out.

Bottom line: Support developers, not the used game market. Used games are the cause of the online pass, not piracy >_>

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Comment #38 by EpicWinCentral
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 05:06:07 PM
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Im Surprised that Duke Nukem didnt get disapointment, nice that Bulletstorm won an award. awesome game.

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Comment #39 by B Rock3232
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 06:00:47 PM
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Very poor choices of winners this year.
Multiplayer of the year Battlefield 3? Really? COD and Gears 3 have more players individually then Battlefield.
Biggest Surprise should have easily been Gunstringer.
Best Publisher - EA??? You got to be kidding me right? Everyone and their mom hates EA.
I expected so much more from you guys.
I bet if you let the us the players pick there would be different winners in every category.

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Comment #40 by TheBrute1997
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 06:35:16 PM
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Don't agree with BF3 winning multiplayer of the year, Gears 3 wins that for me, but hey this is their opinions, and happy new year from England!

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Comment #41 by 123yhman
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 06:35:47 PM
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I think Epic deserved that award, they've certainly shined this year! 2011 was such an amazing year for gaming and let's hope the content carries on being spectacular throughout 2012 and beyond!

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Comment #42 by InspiREalitY
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 06:45:50 PM
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@36 I hope you missed a number when you wrote to me. If not, then i have to ask what the fuck you're on about?

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Comment #43 by BlackBird1996
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 07:29:56 PM
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@33 you mean btk wich was free to almost everyone who owns bf3?

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Comment #44 by Jimmy Hapa
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 09:43:52 PM
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To all the EA haters--just look at the quality and quantity of the games they published this year and try to make reasonable, objective argument why they are such a terrible choice for best publisher of the year. EA has been on a roll for a few years now and have been putting out great, innovative games. Besides, I thought all the former EA haters were on Activision's collective ass now...old habits die hard, it seems.

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Comment #45 by tdogg769
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:47:37 PM
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Best Multiplayer=Battlefield 3 (smerks)..funny that all those people bought MW3 and just assumed they were gonna win all the awards, im just glad they actually branched outside the box on some of these answers, good list

FYI-Not trying to hate on MW3 but I just don't agree with everyone saying its the best ever strictly on the name alone

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Comment #46 by Iceice3030
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 10:57:13 PM
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So sick of seeing so much praise for L.A. Noir.
Most boring game ever, and look ive played through Hannah Montana and most of space Chimps ok. I could just not keep my eyes open or interest held for any amount of time.
Clunky gameplay, features on faces that are so over the top easy to read it felt like more overacting than a waynes brother movie, and short broken segments of action sequences that seemed more dated than innovative.

Grats to Bulletstorm though, fun game, well written, paced and made.

Installed or not installed on day 1, never experienced any bugs in Skyrim. Just because it didnt happen to me doesnt mean they dont happen. I understand this. Also sucked up more time than any other game and will probably continue to do so!

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Comment #47 by ChosenOne
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 12:15:29 AM
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@46. You really think Bulletstorm was a good game? I can barely get myself through the game. Just too boring for me.

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Comment #48 by Last Shaman
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 01:26:54 AM
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im shocked that Brink didn't win biggest disappointment cause that game had so much potential and pretty much just fell flat & this list reminds me that i need to play dead space 2 since i got for christmas

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Comment #49 by Aussie27Legend
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 04:51:22 AM
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Unsuprising, glad Rayman Origins got the suprise award, very deserving.

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Comment #50 by Teh Phantomz
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 06:50:53 AM
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Very happy with these decisions.

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Comment #51 by Coruba
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 07:17:51 AM
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Not bad, but Bulletstorm was shit doesn't even deserve to be in this list let alone be a winner.

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Comment #52 by Wolfofthewind
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 08:06:22 AM
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I'm totally cool with these decisions...I can see how they could be different ways and how sometimes fanboy-ism may play into or against the way I feel about certain things, but all in all it felt fair.

With that aside, let's mention Bastion...did anyone else feel like this had a similar vibe to the Relationship of the Lone Wanderer and Three Dog? (Fallout 3 for those still lost). That was the vibe I got right from the start to the very end and that was really neat!!!

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Comment #53 by Elcot1n
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 09:59:47 AM
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Im playing LA noire at the moment, Im in "arson division" almost end of game, its nice, really hard on telling which facial expression is what.

Im buying Deus ex in Jan. as for forza, well I got forza 2 which is very nice but Ill byu it far deep in the year.

nice article.

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Comment #54 by L1E
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 01:01:03 PM
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Are you guys going to do the Achievement Awards again?

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Comment #55 by PractiseCactus
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 01:05:25 PM
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Whilst I haven't played enough of these games to be able to comment on every single category, I was disappointed to not see a single mention for Dark Souls. It's an incredibly good game (I thought it was much better than Skyrim, and it was MUCH less glitchy), and I thought it definitely deserved at least a runners up. That being said, Arkham city was also really good and I've heard good things about GoW3, so it was tough competition.

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Comment #56 by vrmGASedUPsss69xxVdV436
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 01:07:04 PM
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@32. I don't hate skyrim it's a good game, i'll give credit where it's due: it's a good rpg with an open world and tons of gameplay (and fun), but come on, it has sooo many glitches and problems, its combat is not great, and people/ai sometimes blow.
more problems with these winners/nominees; where is assassins creed? Why is bulletstorm getting so much praise?

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Comment #57 by MediumMelanin
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 01:26:53 PM
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I knew GOTY would be Skyrim...Skyrim won in every single site that award! And best multiplayer? And shooter? Battlefield 3 ftw!

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Comment #58 by macd
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 02:07:00 PM
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Skyrim is the best game I played this year, glad to see it get the nod from here. I expect it will win a lot of GotY Awards.

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Comment #59 by Timmsy
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 02:51:29 PM
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no AC Revelations?

and Skyrim could be best game ever? REALLY?

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Comment #60 by kingofthstrays
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 04:14:39 PM
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I like these picks no one game stole the show .....bring on 2012 games!

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Comment #61 by EpicGamerAZ360
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 05:18:29 PM
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I love Assassin's Creed Revelations as well, but it was still very similar to the last two.

And as for Skyrim, they said the best of this generation of console games, which is understandable since it is in many ways a culmination of all the good aspects of gaming that have been introduced these last few years.

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Comment #62 by UndeadReject
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 05:41:55 PM
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Skyrim definitely deserved GOTY and as for multiplayer...Battlefield 3 is the best.

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Comment #63 by Carpet
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 06:09:10 PM
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I like how the developer with a DLC schedule and season pass won. Very sad.

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Comment #64 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 06:25:37 PM
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I coughed with contempt at Epic's status as dev of the year.

Overcharged weapon skins, glitchy saves and profile corruption, DLC issues... I think you should have saved that category for April 1st.

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Comment #65 by Nekrobutcher
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 06:52:13 PM
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I'm surprised there isn't a "Biggest Finale Letdown Of The Year Award". Rage wins. Batman: Arkham City is a close second. Great games? HELL YES! Until you reach the end. Rage was just pathetic and lazy. Batman: AC was predictable and weak. It's like paying for a premium slab of meat only to bite into it and find bone and gristle. Blah, I say! BLAH! One should feel rewarded for putting so many hours into a game. These two failed.

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Comment #66 by Saosin3679
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 09:55:47 PM
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I'm just saying, Ubisoft for developer of the year. From Assassins Creed to Rayman Origins they delivered. They didn't just have one big hit or only cover one genre either. The first two mentioned are the most popular but they also stood out with Driver, From Dust, Just Dance 3, and Rocksmith. Even though I loved both Portal 2 and Arkham City, I felt that those hits weren't big enough to compensate for when a developer continues to put out hit after hit. And Epic...seriously Bulletstorm and Gears 3 DLC gets them Developer of the year? I realize this is just this site's opinion, I just think they missed the mark quite a bit in this category.

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Comment #67 by Colby
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 10:54:25 PM
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BF3 multiplayer winner? yeah right, gears and cod are wayyy better games. It seems that the moderators and staff on this site are BF fanboys otherwise it would not have won.

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Comment #68 by Fafamelon
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 11:43:03 PM
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@10 Lol, SR is pathetic.

@67 While I do like GOW3 multi a bit more than BF3's I can safely say that MW3 multiplayer is one of the worst this year on a major title, if not the worst.

Have to agree with Skyrim though, even though there are a large amount of bugs most are pretty minor and I seem to not have found many. Only one I really remember is a quest glitching and me having to reload 3 hours back but it doesn't mean it shouldn't get game of the year.

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Comment #69 by kelnoker
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:55:43 AM
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skyrim just deserved it. simply awesome

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Comment #70 by Tryhrdsweatband
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 01:37:12 AM
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guys, halo 4 is coming out in 2012, obviously it's going to be a great year...

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Comment #71 by Fakan
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 01:37:57 AM
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My biggest disappointment? Duke Nukem Forever. We all knew it had the potential to blow, but none of us anticipated just how much it would scar us for life. I got it cheap in a bundle on Steam, just because it's one of those games you have to experience, and as time went on, I started to think I was suffering a fever dream. Now when I critique bad games, I always say, "This is a terrible game, and I've player Duke Nukem Forever."

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Comment #72 by XxBlueSpade2xX
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 01:46:35 AM
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Nice list.

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Comment #73 by ash356
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 10:15:59 AM
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How would you know? Your Gamertag clearly states you haven't played Battlefield 3. (LOL, you call the runners of this site fanboys? Hypocrite)
As far as BF3 vs Gears goes, I much prefer BF3. That's just my opinion, I found myself getting somewhat bored of Gears after about level 50.
As for BF3 vs MW3, I can't comment, due to not having played MW3. Having played past CoD's to death though, BF3 was a nice change of pace for me.

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Comment #74 by Killerspieler
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 11:40:14 AM
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Nice winners ! Glad to see Activisons moneyconsuming ass kicked + the kiddies who loves their games ;) But EA as best publisher ?! A definite No-go. Skyrim as GOTY was some kind of logic ^^

Games in near future becoming some kinda forseeable. Same procedure as every year XD

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Comment #75 by RDrules
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 04:56:06 PM
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@73 not everyone plays on the 360 you know....

and to all the skyrim hate for GOTY, the reason it deserves it is that yes its buggy as hell... yet even with all the bugs its still 10x better than anything else this year

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Comment #76 by terminallyCapricious
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 06:46:39 PM
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@75 Except for, like, Arkham City and a couple of other mentions... Plus, I guess it evens out that for haters, there's zealots (ahem) that claim it's godsend and "ten times better than anything else this year."

I don't agree with all the choices, but kudos to everyone for winning what they did. Except EA. They still fail.

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Comment #77 by ash356
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 06:58:59 PM
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That idea might have had credibilty, if it wasn't for the fact that all his other online games are on his 360 too (Modern Warfare for instance).
Hence, considering the 360 apparently has better servers (from what friends with both have informed me), and seeing as he's paying for Live anyway, I don't see what reason he'd have to get it on PS3 instead. Unless he was desperate for a week early DLC (wooooooo).
I'd say the fact they didn't offer any actual reason why its bad as an indicator too.

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Comment #78 by I Mrbojangles
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 09:00:25 PM
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Slim pickings this year. Lots of major titles failing to deliver. Batman was unbelievably boring. Wasnt thrilled by L.A noire and whats the difference between oblivion and skyrim? dragons instead of gates (yawn) guess its down to halo 4 to restore my faith in quality games.

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Comment #79 by sw karma
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 09:44:21 PM
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I have to agree with most except battlefield 3 for multiplayer, i think gears 3 did a great job revamping the host bs and making a more smoother gameplay, therefore i would have chosen gears (and it's the end of trilogy)

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Comment #80 by RDrules
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 10:08:06 PM
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@77 I dont really see how you could know where he has all of his online games, I have a lot on here but i have even more on pc.

but yeah im only really offering another reason he could still just be lying and never actually played it :P

and @78 the whole game has had a major overhaul in skyrim from oblivion, everything from the everything from the basic physics and graphics through the leveling, crafting, magic, enemies etc has changed its still an RPG so the basic level-dungeon crawl etc premise is the same but the game is certainly a major upgrade.

Of course if you dont like RPGs to begin with then you wont like it but it is a massive step up from what oblivion or really any other console RPG has ever done.

:P then again your opposite to the was halo... a series that has never really offered much of a change from one to another, great games dont get me wrong but they dont exactly do much more than spruce up the graphics and throw in a couple of new extras each time

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Comment #81 by Colby
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 01:30:10 AM
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@73 just because bf3 isnt on my gamercard doesnt mean i havent played it smart one lol. My brother is a bf3 fanboy and i play very little of that crap game when i go to his house. I do not want it showing up on my card and i regret the other 2 that are. you are a moron lol.

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Comment #82 by strawberry
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 03:40:03 AM
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Comment #83 by Mr Matty
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 06:42:26 AM
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Where are the achievement awards then ?

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Comment #84 by RDrules
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 10:51:39 AM
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taking nominations on the forums now

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Comment #85 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 12:37:56 PM
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@#54 - Yes, sir.
@#83 - As #84 says, the noms are open now. We'll publish the winners on our birthday in Feb like we do every year =)

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Comment #86 by MeonOner
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 05:44:57 PM
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really glad to see that battlefield 3 won the best multiplayer over mw3!

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Comment #87 by VitaminAmy
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 04:44:53 AM
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What, no favorite WP7 game? Boo.

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Comment #88 by AltarofPlagues
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 06:42:34 AM
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Deux Ex, nominated but not a winner for anything. shame. And wheres Dark Souls?

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Comment #89 by RancidSkank
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 07:20:56 AM
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Great list - Battlefield 3 would have been my vote for best multiplayer, nothing else this year topped it (although Gears 3 pushed it close simply by actually working this time around...)

Skyrim had to win the GotY award though, without a shadow of a doubt. Whilst Arkham City was also great, the main campaign was unforgivably short IMO, and the limited scope for the sidequests hurt the longevity overall.

Despite Skyrim being the bees knees though, I wouldn't have been happy if Bethesda won the best developer award; although the games they make tend to be incredible, they are also plagued with numerous bugs and glitches that take them months to address.

They were all lucky that Platinum Games took something of a year off release wise though, they would have cleaned up in comparison. AR and MGS:Revengeance for next year, and all is right with the world :)

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Comment #90 by atomic viking54
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 11:50:48 AM
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wouldnt change a thing on this list!

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Comment #91 by ash356
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 01:10:50 PM
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His gamertag? Lmao xD
But dude, I'm not saying your wrong, 77 was merely explaining why I deduced this. I still think it, but I only brought it up in the first place because I don't like his attitude (Calling other people fanboys because they have a slightly different opinion to him? Mature.)
If I am a moron, then so be it. At least I'm not acting like a four year old....

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Comment #92 by snake1111123
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 07:07:02 PM
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wow suprised that deus ex didnt win anything. one of my favorite games this year.

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Comment #93 by ehrgeiz xlk
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 11:35:19 PM
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This breakdown is very helpful for people looking to buy new games or that are attracted to specific facets of them

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Comment #94 by TheMarkOfPower
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 11:22:04 AM
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Skyrim game of the year? oh dear, my choice would have been crysis 2 or dead space 2 they were real different games that deserved the award. and as for red faction armageddon being in the dissapointments list, shocking! it wasnt groundbreaking but ou of all the other games out this year that were so terrible red faction was a good solid all round game and was a shame it did so badly. the only title i agree with here is battlefield 3 for best multiplayer, it is incredible, different and so much more fun than modern warfare 3. used to love call of duty multiplayer until i played this, now its the best.

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Comment #95 by Achilles8249
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 07:46:42 PM
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How did Skyrim make GOTY with a buglist in the hundreds??? Also EA as best publisher, seriously wtf?

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Comment #96 by a dying animal
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 06:41:28 AM
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Changed my mind for the score, it had to be Arkham City. The music is better than in the films.

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Comment #97 by Obsulete
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 06:12:53 PM
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How did Duke Nukem Forever get missed as Biggest Disappointment?

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Comment #98 by Legendaryicon3
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 01:11:41 AM
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I'm disappointed Gears didn't get best Multiplayer but I guess it's whatever.

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Comment #99 by jroc10991
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 05:27:54 PM
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Really.. MW3 best multiplayer?? MW3 was pure garbage. Brink was better.. and we all know Brink failed very badly. BF3 deserved best multiplayer, Gears of War 3 being a close second. I bought all three, but sold MW3 in 2 weeks and got my money back! It had worst online gaming, shitty co-op, a very disappointing 4 hour campaign, and nothing new to offer.. pure shit.

overall.. Skyrim deserves GOTY. new engine, huge open world, great combat, hundreds of quests, amazing detail, amazing story.

My top 3 for GOTY: (1)Skyrim, (2)Deus Ex: Human Revolution, (3)Batman:AC.
Top 3 Multiplayer: (1)Battlefield 3, (2)Gears Of War 3, (3)Forza 4

Can't wait for this year!! Mass Effect 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Ghost Recon: FS, Bioshock Infinite, and The Darkness II!!!

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Comment #100 by Peperonici
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 01:49:40 PM
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what no dark souls?
not even one runner up... well everybody has his/her own opinion ^^
My game of the year is clearly batman.... because it has no bugs had always these wow moments....
and skyrim had up and downs..... for me it's just to big :D

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Comment #101 by Ostrinaut Noble
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 03:22:51 PM
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i remember saying the elder scrolls series was for nerds. then i bought 5th anniversary edition for oblivion. had alot of fun and of course now am playing skyrim 60 hours in and i havent done anything on the storyline. god i love skyrim.

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Comment #102 by Solostrike18
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 04:22:19 AM
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He may not have necessarily bought it on PS3, he could've just played it elsewhere.

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Comment #103 by Crazycatfish11
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:50:49 AM
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Battlefield deserved to win best multiplayer, modern warfare 3 was a huge let down.....

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Comment #104 by Tha Bass Jedi
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:05:48 PM
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Man I was Hoping fro Arkham city to take it out. Damn fie game to me easily the best I've played so far

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Comment #105 by RMDnRDY
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 01:22:11 AM
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Too many great games! I've had Skyrim for two weeks now and I haven't even opened it.

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Comment #106 by Beached GaGa
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 02:29:51 PM
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i like gears of war 3

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Comment #107 by Marc Pilkington
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 03:02:04 PM
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@ 88 and 100, EXACTLY what I was thinking! Dark Souls is an absolute masterpiece. Awesome premise, gameplay, boss themes, and it's innovative! I'm 50/51 hours in and still a lot to do in my first playthrough!

I got both Skyrim and Dark Souls for Christmas and don't get me wrong, Skyrim's great and really fun, but Dark Souls for me is just taking the lead. 20 hours more play than Skyrim's proven that...

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Comment #108 by IncensedCape
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 07:45:16 PM
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Rayman Origins or Bulletstorm for me

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Comment #109 by RateD DemoNic
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 08:52:25 AM
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Kinda hard for me for game of the year, personally i would go for gears 3. From a works point of view we have not had saints row 3 in since december 23rd and i think its shite, skyrim has come in and then sold out immediately, seriously parents stop trying to get these amazing games on christmas eve its just not going to happen.!!!!!!

Huge shout out to mass effect 3 and borderlands 2 for game of the year 2012 and potentially darksiders 2 could be epic, loved the first one.

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Comment #110 by xI WARFARE
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 06:32:57 PM
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Really disagree with Epic winning best developer. That have totally and shamelessly ripped off the community time and time again, with rip off prices on weapon skins, charging for content that was on the disc and now selling exclusives.

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Comment #111 by XXXWOLFFXXX
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:38:43 AM
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Im happy with LA Noire winning and Portal 2 winning in their categories. I am however disappointed in BF3 winning best multiplayer. I know theres a bunch of COD haters but i just enjoy it more. (I have both)

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Comment #112 by eXRosario
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 04:14:22 PM
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MW3 Should get Biggest Disappointment and this years shit

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Comment #113 by Laurence Barker
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 08:57:33 AM
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Glad to see that Driver:San Fransisco got a couple of mentions. Really fun game, especially onlie. If you haven't played it yet, do it.

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Comment #114 by lilasianman
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 01:43:11 PM
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EA best publisher? Almost ruins the rest of the article for me...

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Comment #115 by T FUNK 1984
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 02:16:19 PM
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Now everyone's entitled to their opinion and I respect that but for me BF3, Bulletstorm and LA Noire are massive let downs. Also Deus Ex should have won at least 1 maybe 2.

Other than that I think you've got it right guys.

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Comment #116 by Shikamaru FTW
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 05:02:06 PM
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I think EA should loose the title of best puplisher just for the fact that they are total douchbags

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Comment #117 by Maestro Haze
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 07:25:13 PM
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Agree with everything here except the music, think L.A Noire deserved it more, as it in itself is unique for it's jazz score, I don't think it has been done so well before in such a professional way.

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Comment #118 by brownstar ninja
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 04:40:06 AM
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Screw EA, get off their for the rest of the choices, not too shabby.

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Comment #119 by x JAME0
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 10:05:24 AM
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Facepalm !

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Comment #120 by ClassicZach
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 11:03:00 AM
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EA shouldnt have won while they have put out some good games over the past year the award should have gone to the best publisher in and outside of games because the customer support for EA is horrible

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Comment #122 by Sigmund666
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 01:40:09 PM
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Looks kinds like a bought win from the big companies. Such a shame.

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Comment #123 by ERIKDOTCOM
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 07:05:26 PM
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While I do enjoy MW3 multiplayer more than BF3 multiplayer, I will agree that BF3's multiplayer was a more unique experience as a whole. As for Forza 4's graphics, my mind was absolutely blown. I think BF3 should've been a runner-up, though, because of how graphically amazing it was, even in a multiplayer situation. My mind was equally blown when it came to LA Noire's mo-cap system. All three of the "Biggest Disappointments" were deserving, imo. And finally, Skyrim definitely deserved GotY.

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Comment #124 by AU Unit
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 10:04:12 PM
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I think Battlefield 3 earned the best multiplayer because CoD has been the same the past few years. Skyrim deserves to be game of the year.

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Comment #125 by Dov
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 02:00:23 AM
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Hey Kazz, know what the fun part about being on an achievement site where you display your gamertag is? People can look up your game history and see that you've never touched the games you're talking shit about. You've never played Bulletstorm, so congratulations on being one more pathetic drone screaming "z0mg its shit!1!!" when you've never even booted it up. Enjoy the endless sequels and me-too shooters, because it's idiots like you who shun anything new and creative like Bulletstorm that ensure nothing unique ever has a chance to get published.

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Comment #126 by NeoSant
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 07:01:03 PM
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Battlefield as best mp??? I'm not saying its bad but to me is very boring runnig 105 miles and when you see someone... headshot, you're dead.

Well I disagree with some of them, but it's a very good list. Specially Bastion deserves to be there :)

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Comment #127 by TheWifesGoneOut
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 07:04:55 AM
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good lift not sure about the best original socre but i'm not a lover of skyrim so that might be why, was contemplating buying NFS the run but this kinda confirm what people have been saying...never mind maybe they'll stop releasing so many and make a decent NFS that takes more than 6 months to put together...bring back the NFS underground series!!

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Comment #128 by hythloday
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:48:42 PM
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I'm thinking they should do a category called "Best Sleeper Hit" because Dark Souls was it for me. =)

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Comment #129 by Diabolic Homer
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 06:17:36 PM
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I agree LA Noire was a glimpse of the next generation. But Bulletstorm having "witty dialogue" is just plain wrong. It had immature boner/dick filled dialogue. What game did you play?

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Comment #130 by NightVision
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 06:17:58 PM
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I think Duke Nukem was the worst game of the year... It wasn't fun, it was glitchy, the crass out of date jokes, references and misogyny.... The story line was all Duke but his time has passed... Maybe if the game came out years ago then it would have been fitting.

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Comment #131 by NightVision
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 06:20:04 PM
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Skyrim was the best... I agree with all the other ones. Nice job.

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Comment #132 by Simlaurel
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 12:20:06 PM
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Again Dead Space 2 the biggest snub of the year

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Comment #133 by Richmyster6907
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 09:59:48 AM
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Not a single award for COD i declare these awards to be unrigged!

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Comment #134 by mmac001
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 05:01:48 PM
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I love the fact that everyone apparently hates EA, but at the same time plays every game they put out. I've never personally dealt with them and I don't really play online so I guess I can't claim to be an expert but I like pretty much all of their games that I have played so congrats to EA.

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Comment #135 by thisispreston
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 08:16:03 AM
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yeh we play the games cos the games themselves arent the problem, its all the other services EA provide (or more often than not, dont provide, despite saying they would) that are the problem. then when they do decide to actualy come through, they make you pay extra, despite having already bought the game. EA is a joke, they put out games other people make and then provide terrible services when all they are supposed to be doing is the opposite, all the while sitting on their fat asses counting money.

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Comment #136 by thisispreston
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 08:19:28 AM
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no mention of From Dust in arcade games though?? that game was sweeeet!

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Comment #137 by Obi-Brown
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 04:01:37 PM
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can't say i can argue with that. loved all 3 GOTY contenders

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Comment #138 by TheDarkSorrow
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 08:36:56 PM
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Comment #139 by Optomistic
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 02:56:29 AM
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@138 You play with shit? Alot of them? Obviously your choice in games, or poo, is, ahem, shitty. :)

Why isn't COD on this list? I'm not a COD fan, but isn't it one of the highest grossing media entertainment ever? Correct me if I'm wrong.
I think it's because it's become a victim of it's own success, and everyone doesn't want to give it any more attention since it's in the eyeballs all the time

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Comment #140 by Bajan Elite
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 08:25:09 PM
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Wow in my opinion Skyrim is overrated. I like RPGs, I'm not a huge fan but they are cool. Skyrim's main story was good and it had some cool elements to it. But after finishing the Dragon storyline and the civil war storyline I lost all interest in the game. Before that I was hooked, but the lackluster combat, lack of excitement in facing off against Dragons, annoying NPCs who said the same lines every time you walk past them, the fact that majority of the voice work sounded like it was from the same actor, glitches and bugs, and the difficulty spikes (Dragons go down easy, yet one single enemy with little armor gets one hit in and then follows up by decapitating me), kept this game from being great for me. Skyrim has a lot of cool things, the level of freedom is great but every thing else pales in comparison.

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Comment #141 by Colby
Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 07:13:50 PM
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@125 just because a game isnt on someones gamercard doesnt mean they havent played it. You sir are a Ruhtard!

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Comment #142 by Tready1993
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 06:13:07 AM
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I agree with some comments about letting the consumers pick their GotY candidates, only problem with that is there'll be kids that don't know a good musical score if it hit them over the head with a tin of tomatoes. They'd be giving games like Fifa (kill me now) praises for musical score whilst games that deserve it (Skyrim) Are edged out.

On topic, i agree with a lot of the games on the list, one i do not agree with is EA for Best Publisher, purely because of the fact they close their servers down once games have lost their worth, i'm not too smart when it comes to programming or whatever this falls under, but couldn't they just switch it over so it's the gamers hosting once they shut their servers down?

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Comment #143 by TheDarkSorrow
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 07:13:00 PM
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@139 If you have the ball to say that Silent Hill is "Shit", then yeah. I have played millions of videogames but the most shitty stupid games are Skyrim and Fallout 3, suck more than Big rigs over the roads racing, and if you don't know whats that you have shit instead of brain, I have player videogames from the Atari 2600 era, they were great games in my times like pitfall!, space invaders, pac-man and many other ones, I have played to the residents evils from the PSX, all the final fantasy saga (I don't think the 13 is shit), all the silent hill saga, all the megaman saga including the X, legends and network, I'm not a critic so I like every game I play, but then I've got this, shitkirym, worst game ever maded, 10000+ bugs, short comparing on the games I play, shitty gameplay, stupid story, I don't want to say about the graphics because not like the noobs I don't give a shit about graphics, the ONLY thing that I liked from this game is the two handed magic and the arrow in the knee shit, then everything is bullshit.

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Comment #144 by awesomely
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 10:41:51 PM
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@29 Do you even know what a score is? They're not saying that the game is ranked high or is a great new idea of originality. They're saying that the score, or musical composition, is phenominal. That dragonborn song sung by the barbarian orchestra is crazy good.

As the game ranking goes, bulletstorm was really fun with the leash and the skill killing thing, but after that the game was really second grade. Rage was a lot the same. The graphics and the boomerang thing were sweet, but just about everything else was eehhh. Deus Ex was all right, but that Jenson dude's voice-over and his lines were soooo corny. And need I even say anything about The Cartel? And Gears 3--did anyone else hear what I did? Everything they ever said was hokey and ridiculous.
Now, on the bright side, there were some great games this year too. Skyrim and Arkham City were probably the two best games I've ever played. And everyone talking about all of these bugs in skyrim? Neither me nor any of my friends had any problems with the game. Then again, we all installed it before we started playing if that makes any difference. Dead Space 2? That game was also fantastic. The graphics were great and the tense moods were chillingly fun. Portal 2 was just plain funny. Hands down the best co-op game this year. And Call of Duty/Battlefield... I mean, I play them a lot, and love the gameplay, but they seem to just have basically the same campaigns and multiplayer with recycled guns/maps. Small changes aren't enough for me. Thank you for reading.

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Comment #145 by Cyclone Jack
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 02:49:49 PM
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Overall, a good listing. My only disagreement, and I'll probably get down-voted for it, is that I would not have put Portal 2 on the story award. In fact, I was quite bored halfway through the game and had to force myself to continue forward, in hopes of it getting better. I know, I know, my friends all gave me the same look. The puzzles were mostly good, and I liked the new elements, but the story was, to me, excruciatingly boring. Now, on the flip, the co-op story was at least somewhat entertaining, so I'll give it that. But yeah, nowhere near best story, at least for me.

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Comment #146 by Jaroba
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 08:31:18 AM
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Glad to see dues ex up there I found it to be a terrific game

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